A Dizzying Day of Cases on Vet School

It’s another crazy week at Cornell’s Vet School and students are quickly learning that stepping out of your comfort zone is daily ritual. First-year students must learn the basics of veterinarian care, including learning how to properly milk a cow! However, breaking out of your comfort zone isn’t reserved for those just beginning. In this week’s episode, fourth-year students continue rotations and learn that the journey to becoming a vet is full of surprises!

Think you have what it takes to be a vet? Read the following cases of fourth-year students below and tune in Saturday at 10/9c to find out what happens!


Case #1: Nitrus

Fourth-year student Aria works the emergency room for this week’s rotation and everyone is on high alert run high when 3-year old Alaskan Malamute, Nitrus, comes in with Anti-freeze poisoning. Anti freeze is extremely toxic to dogs and will cause kidney failure if enough is ingested. Symptoms of anti-freeze are very similar to alcohol poisoning, and animals will experience drunk-like symptoms, such as balance issues and a drunken gaze. It’s a race against time to see if they can get the anti-freeze out of the dog before it is metabolized. If not, Nitrus’ chance of survival is extremely low.


Case #2: Rosie

As Singen starts his ophthalmology rotation, he is learning what it takes to start thinking and pro13786_VetSchool1_Ep104LethalIngestion_HDScreenGrab02cessing information like a real doctor. His first assignment during this new rotation is dealing with a frequent patient who is battling to save her eyesight. Rosie, a 6-year old Westie, suffers from dry eyes and she is not able to produce any tears. Chronically dry eyes can cause other severe diseases, such as ulcers, which can be extremely painful. Rosie is not responding to basic treatment for dry eyes, so Singen and the other clinicians must turn to surgery or Rosie will go blind.


Case #3: Fandango

At the Nemo Farm Animal Hospital, Aziza is starting her day with a cardiology emergency. Fandango is a 6-year-old alpaca that is suffering from congestive heart failure. The team must give an ultra sound of his heart to detect what’s going on. Increased fluid levels indicate that Fandango is indeed suffering from heart failure and the team must remove the fluid from around fandangos heart to decrease the pressure. However, they are still unaware of the cause, which means the problem could reoccur even after surgery. To make matters worse, lack of blood flow is causing Fandango’s other organs to shut down. The procedure to drain the fluid may not work, so now Fandango’s owners are left with a difficult decision to make.

Find out what happens to these animals and the tough decisions the students have to make on an all-new episode of Vet School: Lethal Ingestion this Saturday at 10/9c!